Henshin Dekinai: The Doomed Queen is Doomed No More

By: Peggy Sue Wood | @pswediting Years ago, I was introduced to the concept of a “doomed queen” in my LGBT+ Literature class. It came in the form of Andrew Holleran’s fictional novel, Dancer From The Dance, which, if you don’t know, is sort of like an updated version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby set in New York City and Fire Island. Both works … Continue reading Henshin Dekinai: The Doomed Queen is Doomed No More

Why “Wakaba Flourishing” is a Masterful Episode

Source: Episode 20, Revolutionary Girl Utena By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers It’s difficult to pick one episode of Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997) as my favorite because they all lend weight to the overall story and the themes. Removing one, even the silliest such as “The Cowbell of Happiness,” feels wrong. However, I can safely say that Episode 20, titled “Wakaba Flourishing” is not only one … Continue reading Why “Wakaba Flourishing” is a Masterful Episode

Arcane Family Dynamics: Silco and Jinx

Source: Episode 4, Arcane By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers Welcome to Part Two of my analysis on Netflix’s original animated show, Arcane. You can read Part One of “Arcane Family Dynamics” here if you’re interested: https://theanimeview.com/2022/04/27/arcane-family-dynamics-vander-and-vi/ Part Two focuses on the other integral father-daughter relationship in the series, that of a grown-up Powder, who goes by Jinx now, and Silco. It’s a tragic and complicated … Continue reading Arcane Family Dynamics: Silco and Jinx

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!: Worth The Watch For Fans Of Slice-of-Life And The Animation Industry

By: Peggy Sue Wood | @pswediting Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! or Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! is a series I overlooked when it first came out a little more than a year ago. I’m not a fan of the art style, and the name didn’t seem all that interesting when I did my usual scroll through MyAnimeList around the release time. I … Continue reading Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!: Worth The Watch For Fans Of Slice-of-Life And The Animation Industry

Goodbye, Eri Analysis (Part Two)

Source: Tatsuki Fujimoto, Goodbye, Eri By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers Welcome back to Part Two of my Goodbye, Eri analysis. In Part One, I touched upon some of the themes in Tatsuki Fujimoto’s excellent one-shot and focused on how film is used to remember those we love and the conundrum of who deserves to be remembered. In Part Two, I’ll expand upon these themes. Thank you … Continue reading Goodbye, Eri Analysis (Part Two)

Goodbye, Eri Analysis (Part One)

Source: Tatsuki Fujimoto, Goodbye, Eri By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers What is there to say about Tatsuki Fujimoto, the creator of Chainsaw Man, Fire Punch, and the devastating one-shot, Look Back? We could dive into so many aspects of his works. I love Fujimoto’s stories because he does ultraviolence in a way that cracks open the shell of humanity. Fujimoto’s work is raw, funny, and … Continue reading Goodbye, Eri Analysis (Part One)

Hotel Transylvania 4 –  I’m Disappointed (SPOILER WARNING?)

By: Peggy Sue Wood | @pswediting Look–I know this is late but I had to stew on my thoughts, okay? Okay. Great, let’s go: Once more I find myself leaving a movie viewing sincerely disappointed. My first issue with Transformania, the fourth installment of the Hotel Transylvania series, was with the singular Amazon Prime release. Overlooking that, the movie itself was set up to be … Continue reading Hotel Transylvania 4 –  I’m Disappointed (SPOILER WARNING?)

Arcane Family Dynamics: Vander and Vi

Source: Opening, Arcane By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers There’s so many great things to say about Arcane, the Netflix show animated by Fortiche and based on characters from League of Legends, but my favorite analyses from fans of the show are about family. Arcane’s first season begins and ends with the fracturing of family as two sisters, Vi and Powder (later known as Jinx), are … Continue reading Arcane Family Dynamics: Vander and Vi

Cultural Differences: Japanese Manga & American Comics

Speaker: Peggy Wood | @pswediting About This Presentation: This is a brief introduction to the basic differences between manga and comics from a cultural standpoint. There is, of course, a lot more to this subject and I would encourage anyone interested to look more into this as my discussion here is only a brief look at the depth of differences between manga and comics. Article … Continue reading Cultural Differences: Japanese Manga & American Comics

Paradise Kiss – Bad Romance Done Right

Source: Ai Yazawa, Paradise Kiss: 20th Anniversary Edition By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers Oh boy, Ai Yazawa has done it again. I’m always fascinated by how Yazawa depicts relationships and the incredibly messy emotional entanglements and issues her couples go through. I read the Paradise Kiss: 20th Anniversary Omnibus Edition, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while, and it did not disappoint on … Continue reading Paradise Kiss – Bad Romance Done Right